Although the field is still forming for Pennsylvania’s 2022 U.S. Senate race, chatter about the pivotal seat is well underway among politicos.
Due to Sen. Pat Toomey’s decision to not seek a third term, candidates on both sides of the aisle have already begun to line up, while some are still mulling a run for the important race.
Reader Poll: Who Should Democrats Nominate for U.S. Senate in 2022?
- Malcolm Kenyatta (38%)
- Conor Lamb (35%)
- John Fetterman (15%)
- Val Arkoosh (6%)
- Someone Else (2%)
- Sharif Street (1%)
- John McGuigan (1%)
- Alexandria Khalil (1%)
- Kevin Baumlin (0%)
On the Democratic side, the race began early in 2020.
Lt. Gov. John Fetterman announced an exploratory committee in January and formally joined the race in February. State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta (D-Philadelphia) also joined the statewide contest shortly after Fetterman in February.
In April, state Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia) filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Elections Commission for U.S. Senate and formally announced his exploratory committee, while Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh also launched her campaign.
Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny) is currently the lone member of the state’s congressional delegation who is reportedly mulling a run for the seat after Reps. Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia), Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery), Chrissy Houlahan (D-Chester), and Susan Wild (D-Lehigh) ruled out a run.
In addition to those elected officials, former Norristown Borough Council President John McGuigan, and Dr. Kevin Baumlin have also launched their campaigns for Senate. According to the FEC website, Brandaun Dean, Larry Johnson, Alexandria Khalil, Kyle Norton, and Alan Shank have also filed statements of candidacy for the Democratic primary.
Although the field is still in flux, one thing pundits across the commonwealth and country agree is that the seat is up for grabs.
Most recently, The Hill placed Pennsylvania atop their most likely to flip U.S. Senate seats in 2022.
For three months in a row, CNN has placed Pennsylvania’s seat as the most likely to flip parties in the 2022 election in it’s latest Top 10 rankings released on May 27.
Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball rated Pennsylvania’s Senate race in 2022 as the lone Toss Up of the cycle in its initial ratings, the Cook Political Report listed Pennsylvania’s race as one of two states that are considered to be Toss Ups, and Inside Elections labels the Keystone State as a “Battleground” for the 2022 Senate election.
So we ask: Who Should Democrats nominate for U.S. Senate in 2022?
The poll will close at 12:00 PM on June 24.